Eugene Corr has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. He wrote and co-directed the documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991. He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film, Desert Bloom (Jon Voight, AnnaBeth Gish) 1986 (Selection Officelle, Cannes Film Festival). In addition, Corr has worked as a second unit director on major motion pictures, written or co-written dramatic features, and written for TV. He has directed episodic television, including such shows as: Crime Story, Miami Vice, Shannon’s Deal, I’ll Fly Away, and Arli$$. He has also directed television commercials for Chelsea Pictures, NYC. Most recently he co-wrote, with Edwin Dobb, the documentary, Butte, America for Pamela Robert’s Rattlesnake Productions.
Film Synopsis: A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and ordinary, everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach’s son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicolas Reyes, a 61 year old Afro-Cuban who coaches in a Havana neighborhood that is rich in community but struggling desperately economically, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46 year old African-American man who coaches in a troubled Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. The filmmaker introduces the coaches on videotape and Coach Roscoe vows he will take his players to Cuba to play Nicolas’ team one day. Ghost Town to Havana is contemporary in content but as old as the Greeks thematically: the human struggle to wrest life from death.
April 12, 2016: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
April 13, 2016: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA
April 14, 2016: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
April 15, 2016: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL